June 16, 2008

QB emerges in GA hotbed of talent

Ole Miss has offered four prospects from Gulliver Prep in Miami and could be close to multiple offers to another group of stars from Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga.

Two top prospects from Henry County camped at Ole Miss last week - quarterback Drew Little and rising junior Markeith Ambles. The duo was accompanied by team offensive coordinator Rex Robertson and fellow teammate Drew McMillan.

Two other prospects from Henry County - 6-foot-5, 225 pound tight end Jim Teknipp and four-star wide receiver Jamal Patterson didn't make the trip.

Out of the players who did make the trip, the standout was apparently Ambles. Ambles received an offer from Ole Miss after participating in the camp according to BamaOnLine.com. Ambles, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds with 4.5 speed, already has picked up offers from South Carolina, Alabama, and Kentucky - basically at every stop on the camp circuit.

"He's an outstanding prospect and will be a national recruit," Robertson told RebelSports.net on Sunday. "He'll have a least 30 offers coming his way, perhaps more."

Robertson is Little's stepfather, in addition to being his offensive coordinato,r and feels that Little will eventually end up with a major program, although he is yet to receive any official offers.

Little is receiving interest from Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Kentucky.

Ole Miss is certainly taking a look at Little for the quarterback position.

"I went to one (camp) session and worked with (quarterbacks coach) Kent Austin and coach (Houston) Nutt came over," Little said. "I think I had a good workout."

While the Rebels are showing interest while Little waits on an official offer, Little left Ole Miss impressed.

"There facilities are top notch, they have good coaches, and they made us feel at home," Little said. "We worked out in the stadium and it was awesome. From the weight room to everything else, it was really impressive, beautiful."

Little feels he's turned in some good performances at camps at all the schools that are showing interest and that offers will soon come.

"I feel that some are close to offering," he said. "Coaches are sensitive to recruiting quarterbacks and I understand that schools are trying to get the best one available."

One thing that can't hurt Little is upcoming exposure.

He's playing this week in adjoining Clayton County in a three day 7-on-7 tournament and then will make trips to Oregon fro the National Nike Tournament and then to Hoover, Ala. for another national 7-on-7 camp.

Helping his cause is being surrounded by some talented teammates.

"They really make it easy for me as a quarterback," Little said. "All I have to do is get the ball in their hands and they make something happen."

In addition to Ambles, who recently transferred from Griffin High School to Henry County, the team also has McMillan, who made the trip to Oxford. While McMillan is yet to hit the recruiting scene, Little says he solid athlete. Add Ambles, Teknipp, and Patterson to the mix and it's easy to see how Henry County transitioned last season as a perennial losing team to a 10-2 record.

Little supports a 3.6 GPA and made 910 on his SAT.

Little joins Clayton Moore and Drew Allen as quarterbacks the Rebels are actively recruiting in addition to their apparent top quarterback targets, Nathan Scheelhause and AJ McCarron. Another Texas quarterback, Drew Hollingshead is showing interest in Ole Miss, but the Rebels are yet to contact him.

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